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Newton, Massachusetts 02159 Admissions Catalog 1970 

Newton College of the Sacred Heart 










The College reserves the right to make changes In the regulations and courses announced in this catalog. 

Newton, Massachusetts 02159 

Admissions Catalog 1970 

Newton College of the Sacred Heart 

Newton College of the Sacred Heart 

885 Centre Street 
Newton, Massachusetts 02159 


Table of Contents 

Introduction / 3 

Women at Newton College of the Sacred Heart / 5 

The Curriculum / 18 

Major Fields of Study: An Analysis / 23 

Admission and Finances / 39 

Index / 48 

Correspondence Directory / IBC 


Newton College of the Sacred Heart is a residential liberal arts 
college for women located in the suburb of Newton, Massachusetts, 
seven miles west of Boston. 

The College, established in 1946, shares in the educational tradition 
of the Society of the Sacred Heart which was founded by Saint 
Madeleine Sophie Barat in France in 1800 and which for one 
hundred seventy years and in every part of the world has devoted 
itself to the education of girls and young women. The Society has 
schools and colleges on all the continents and their students 
share the advantages of belonging to an international educational 
organization. Membership in the International Sacred Heart 
Alumnae Association offers many opportunities for interesting 
friendships with Religious of the Sacred Heart and alumnae 
throughout the world. 


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Women at Newton College of the Sacred Heart 

Newton College may owe its existence to the fact that 
life at the college for students has always been im- 
nnensely educational and enjoyable. For many years, 
the majority of applicants seem to have been attracted 
to the College by someone who knew the Newton com- 
munity well — a student, a professor, or perhaps a 
Sacred Heart nun, or an alumna. Thus, largely through 
word of mouth, the community has grown to 800. 

As might be expected, the most notable quality of 
student life at Newton is a shared sense of community. 
In the last twenty five years the community has broad- 
ened to include women from every state and thirty 
foreign countries. Although the life-styles and interests 
of students have also proliferated, the sense of com- 
munity remains as strong as it was when the College 
was instituted in 1946. 

For reasons difficult to relate, the College inspires 
extraordinarily affectionate loyalties— not so much to 

the College itself as among students, faculty, religious 
and even administrators. These loyalties, if always very 
loosely organized, make possible freedoms and respon- 
sibilities which would be considered avant garde 

Student Governance 

The College takes it as an established fact that each 
student who has passed the College's entrance require- 
ments possesses a superior intellectual and moral found- 
ation, and is fully capable of accepting the responsibili- 
ties of membership in the community of Newton College. 
Accordingly, final responsibility for such college policies 
as affect student private and social life is vested in the 
students themselves. Students who cannot live up to 
these serious responsibilities are disciplined by their 

The 100-member Student Senate is the recognized 
agency for student discussion, organization and action. 
It sets and enforces standards and regulations in practi- 
cally all matters of student affairs, including curfews and 
parietal regulations. It is also the function of the Student 
Senate to coordinate and express student opinion; to 
initiate specific proposals to promote the welfare of 
the college; and to assist and supervise in the effective 
functioning of student activities, organizations and social 

In addition, students now serve on all of the College's 
Presidential Committees, which make recommendations 
to the President in all matters of college policy, ranging 
from academic standards to finances. 

As an organ of student government, the Student 
Academic Council serves as a communicating body 
among the students, dean, and faculty on academic 
matters. The Council also sponsors cultural activities, 
one of which is The David Reeves Lecture Series. The 
Series brings distinguished scholars, artists and civic 
leaders to the campus at intervals throughout the 
academic year. 

Student Organizations 

Several organizations are sponsored by the students 
to benefit the college community. In the social and cul- 
tural areas, the Social Committee arranges events with 
the numerous colleges and universities in the Boston 
area, and, along with the Interest Committee, keeps 
the student body informed of other social activities, 
including ski weekends, concerts, dances, exhibits, 
cinema and drama. The student organizations jointly 
sponsor an annual Fine Arts Week at Newton College, 
during which all of the arts are presented and celebrated. 
This event has become popular throughout the New 
England area. Among the recent participants in Fine 
Arts Week have been the Newton Theatre Company, 
The Boston Ballet Company, the Juilliard School of 
Music, the Chinese Choral Society, the Cambridge Festi- 
val Orchestra, and numerous other singers, dancers, 
poets, and artists. 

Other on-campus activities include the Drama Club, 
which presents two productions annually; the Glee Club, 
which presents a number of single and joint concerts 
throughout the year; and the Newtones. a folk and pop 
singing group which performs throughout the Northeast 
and have issued several successful recordings. 

The Volunteer Service Organization is responsible for 
volunteer service work being done by Newton students 
in the Greater Boston area. Teaching in Roxbury, visit- 
ing military hospitals, working with the mentally retarded, 
and serving as aides at Children's Hospital are a few of 
the many opportunities made available to the Newton 
woman interested in community service work. Students 
may work individually or in groups. VSO has always 
been open to experimental student-initiated projects. 

Students may participate in a growing variety of politi- 
cal organizations. The Athletic Association sponsors 
activities such as basketball, horseback riding, volley- 
ball, sailing, fencing, and golf. Recently the Newton 
sailing team won first place honors in Northeast sailing 

competition, capturing the Boston University President's 

Many students find academic societies such as the 
Psychology Club and the French Club to be a means of 
sharing lifelong interests with others of similar mind. 
Newton publications such as 885, the College's weekly 
newspaper, and The Well, the college yearbook, provide 
a media for student creativity and political expression. 

The Black Students' Association was formed to facili- 
tate interaction with other Black Students' Associations 
in the Boston area. Members hope to establish a unified 
voice in matters that affect black students at Newton, 
to contribute to the black community in Greater Boston, 
and to establish a source of aid and information to incom- 
ing and prospective black students. 

The National Student Association is an organization 
of student governments of nearly 400 colleges and uni- 
versities across the country. The function of NSA is 
twofold: to develop a student service program with low- 
cost offerings in travel, films, records, books, life insur- 
ance, and many other items; and to provide action- 
oriented information and programs on issues of student 
interest, such as student power and student government, 
institutional racism, educational reform, national and 
international politics, drug studies, and students' legal 
rights. NSA representatives on the Newton campus 
participate in conference and projects on regional and 
national levels, and sponsor speakers, workshops, films, 
and other events on campus. Newton women have held 
elective offices in both regional and national levels of 

The Experimental College at Newton is a student- 
initiated student-run experiment in learning. The College 
responds directly to the needs of the students and 
provides a forum for faculty-student discussion of con- 
temporary issues. The courses supplement the usual 
college curriculum. The test of Experimental College 
courses is relevance, and the courses are creative and 
personal. This organization allows anyone to give or take 
a course, and there are no fees, tests, grades, or credits. 
The only requirements are initiative and a genuine 
interest in learning through sharing openly with others. 

Living Environment 

The Newton College campus is situated on fifty acres of 
wooded hills adjoining Edmands Park, a large public 
park in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. 
Within minutes of the college are some of the most dis- 
tinguished universities, laboratories, hospitals, muse- 
ums, public broadcasting agencies, galleries, repertory 
theatres, orchestras, and publishing houses in America. 
These places are agreeable, stimulating, and liber- 
ating, in that each woman is able to use the environment 

to pursue those interests and associations unique to her 
own personality. 

Newton College has six dormitories, each of which 
accommodates from 100 to 150 students. The dormi- 
tories bear the names of Richard Cardinal Cashing of 
Boston, Mother Aloysia Hardey, one of the first Ameri- 
can religious of the Sacred Heart, Blessed Philippine 
Ducliesne, foundress of the Society in the United States 
in 1818, and Mother Louise Keyes, one of the foundres- 
ses of the College. Women live in either single or double 

rooms, although a few rooms for three or four are avail- 
able to upperclassmen. The cost of all rooms is the same, 
and students may change rooms and dorms from year 
to year. 

Entering freshmen and members of the junior class 
arrive at the college several days earlier than soph- 
omores and seniors. Each freshman is assigned a "junior 
sister" who establishes contact with her during the 
summer months, and is there to welcome her. Volunteer 
groups of juniors, along with faculty and religious, 
acquaint freshmen with the campus, and explain the 
function and operation of the various academic and 
governing elements within the College. They also guide 
them through a weekend of tours, mixers, and other 
social events to give each woman a grasp of the cultural 
and recreational advantages of Boston and a sincere 
welcome to the community of Newton College. 

Members of all four classes live in each dorm, sharing 
its formal and informal lounges, music rooms, kitchen- 
ette, television sets, laundry, telephones, and community 
life. All students are permitted to have cars on campus. 
Within each dormitory live Religious of the Sacred 
Heart and a young married couple, usually graduate 
students at Harvard, MIT, B.C., or B.U. These young 
adults serve as friends and advisors to students. 

Ten seniors are currently participating in an experi- 
mental off-campus living program, while almost 50 others 
commute from their homes in the Boston area. These 
"off-campus" students have a lounge and kitchenette of 
their own and participate fully in college life. 

Because the College was founded a comparatively 
short time ago, its student union, classrooms, libraries, 
laboratories, chapel, infirmary, offices, dormitories and 
multi-media facilities are modern and well-designed. 
Adding to the character of the campus are the two large 
and architecturally interesting estates of the Harriman 
and Schrafft families. 

The Putnam Art Center, formerly the Harriman estate. 

and the building which served as the College Library 
until 1966, was rededicated in 1967 and named for 
Roger Lowell Putnam, a long-time benefactor of the 
college, and father of Sister Carol Putnam, a faculty 
member in the Art Department. It contains studios and 
classrooms, the art library and slide collection, the 
office of the Art Department, and a circular exhibit 
staircase. The Putnam Art Center has, in recent years, 
become a kind of sanctuary and forum for artistic and 
creative women among students, religious and faculty. 
Barat House, formerly the country estate of the 
Schrafft family, is the original building of the College. 
It is named for St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the foundress 
of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and it currently 
houses some of the religious who live on campus, as well 
as providing a number of large and lovely reception 
rooms where various college functions are held. 

Medical and Counseling Services 

The services of the College physician and nurses are 
available to students at the Spellman Infirmary, a modern 
facility located on the campus. Twenty-four hour cover- 
age of the infirmary is provided by registered nurses, 
and the College physician is on call at all times. Con- 
sultants to the College Health Services, representing all 
specialties, serve on the faculty of the Tufts University 
School of Medicine, and on the staff of St. Elizabeth's 
Hospital in nearby Brighton. In the event of serious 
illness, students are hospitalized at St. Elizabeth's. 

The College also participates in the personal counsel- 
ing program offered by the College Mental Health 
Center of Boston, Inc. (4360 Prudential Tower, 800 
Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, Telephone 
262-3315.) The Center offers evaluation and short term 
assistance to students, faculty, and staff of participating 
institutions upon request. There is normally no charge 
to students or parents for consultation or office treat- 
ment, and the Center does not routinely inform the col- 


lege or parents of such visits without the student's 
specific consent. Students may call directly for an ap- 
pointment, or appointments may be made through the 
infirmary. In emergencies the number may be called at 
any time. 

Many students seek advice from friends, faculty, staff, 
religious or upperclassmen in academic, social and 
personal matters. More formal counseling is available 
from the Academic Dean and Assistant Deans, the Dean 

of Students and Director of Residence Life, faculty mem- 
bers, the College Chaplain, the resident head of each 
house, and College doctors and psychiatrists. Each 
student is urged to seek help from the person she feels 
can best understand her and give sound advice. For- 
tunately, Newton College is a very personal and close 
community, and, while it is possible to develop a very 
independent life-style, friendship and help is never 
far away. 




It should be emphasized that Newton College has his- 
torically been, and remains now, founded in a spirit of 
religious reverence for life, human brotherhood, and a 
lively interest in the divinity of creation. For the great 
majority of students and faculty, these convictions arise 
out of a common Catholic heritage and upbringing. 

The chief distinction in this regard between Newton 
College and "non-sectarian" women's liberal arts col- 
leges would be that life and education at Newton are 
inevitably "value-oriented." Newton women, whether 
traditionalists or "women's lib" (and the two are not 
necessarily incompatible), seek to develop a personal 
philosophy towards life and mortality, and to shape 
creative and professional means for expressing this 
philosophy in their daily lives. 

A resident College Chaplain, selected by students 
themselves, is available to students for counseling. 
Liturgies are celebrated daily from Folk Masses in dorm 
lounges, to formal, organ-accompanied Chapel Mass 
on Sunday morning. Attendance at all liturgical func- 
tions is voluntary. 

The Christian Living Committee, a student organiza- 
tion, promotes the spirit of Christian living on and off 
campus. Members prepare liturgical services, and raise 
money to sponsor Lay Apostolate groups who spend 
two weeks at Easter and part of the summer vacation 
in deprived areas of Appalachia and the Ozarks. 

The Chapel, which seats 900, was completed in 1962. 
Beneath the Chapel are the Chaplain's quarters and a 
hall with theatre facilities seating 600. 



Social Life 

Traditionally, most organized social activity occurs off- 
campus. The attractions are as many and varied as are 
the students of Newton. 

Boston College, Harvard, MIT, Holy Cross, Dartmouth, 
Boston University, Tufts and Yale, among others, are 
within easy driving distance. Many women prefer the 
restaurants, theatre, concerts, cinema, politics, art, 
sights and countryside of Greater Boston to the 
campuses of neighboring colleges. Still others find 

Newton's quiet weekends and natural beauty to be the 
kindest of all settings for friendship, romance, or soli- 
tary enjoyment. 

Insofar as social life may affect the needs and rights 
of other women, the Student Senate is responsible for 
asserting those rights and enforcing social rules adopted 
by a majority of students. Over the years, students have 
displayed a deep sensitivity to injustice and a willingness 
to defend the rights of individual women to privacy, free 
expression, and freedom of association. 


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In summary, women at Newton College live together in 
a community founded on a respect for the ability of in- 
dividual women to make important decisions on their 
own. Because they value these liberties, and because 
the responsibility for maintaining the respect of faculty, 
religious and the larger society is also their own, women 
are drawn together in a sense of shared community. 

Nonetheless, diversity of styles, opinions, tastes, 
and interests is both cultivated and welcomed. Most 
women take advantage of the varied resources and 
experiences of the metropolis in the course of their 
life at Newton. These experiences are, In turn, balanced 
by academic challenges and opportunities equal not 
only to the desire of students to learn, but also to the 
desire of a dedicated faculty to discover anew. 

The resultant experience proves to be extremely 
enjoyable. Its great possibilities repel the cliches of 
those who attempt to communicate them to others, as 
must any experience which is truly worthwhile. 



Newton College of the Sacred Heart is a member of 
the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary 
Schools which accredits schools and colleges in the six 
New England States. Membership in one of the six 
regional accrediting associations in the United States 
indicates that the school or college has been carefully 
evaluated and found to meet the standards agreed upon 
by qualified educators. Newton College of the Sacred 
Heart also is a member of the College Entrance Exami- 
nation Board, the American Council on Education, the 
Association of American Colleges, the National Catholic 
Educational Association and other educational 

7/76 Curriculum 

The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bach- 
elor of Science degree have been so arranged as to 
leave the fullest freedom of choice to the student while 
still ensuring a broad acquaintance with the main fields 
of scholarly interest. Work in the major field is intended 
to lay a firm foundation in one discipline, or, in the case 
of the Liberal Studies major, to assist the student to 
achieve a synthesis of her knowledge as she draws it 
from a number of different disciplines and applies it to 
her chosen problem. 

Along with freedom to choose among different courses 
and disciplines, the student is also exposed to a variety 
of educational situations as part of her learning. Instruc- 
tion occurs through not only lectures, but also field work, 
tutorials, independent research, cinema, foreign study, 
and cross-registration at other Boston-area institutions. 

Requirements for the Degree of Bacfielor of Arts 

Most students take four semesters of The Study of World 
Cultures as the basis of their liberal arts program. The 
course provides an opportunity to single out for atten- 
tion the great problems which have faced Western man. 


By way of comparison, other cultures are drawn upon 
to illuminate the manner in which mankind has grappled 
with its questions— political, social, economic, philo- 
sophical, artistic and religious. Practically all members 
of the Newton College faculty lecture in the course and 
eminent scholars from other colleges and universities 
(i.e. Boston College, Brandeis, Harvard, Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology) also contribute to the variety 
and richness of the intellectual experience. A list of 
readings centering largely on the great masterpieces of 
the world give depth to the treatment of the material. 
The course, which is a "study," not a "survey," is inter- 
disciplinary in nature and selective in its coverage. It 
seeks to bring about an "illumination of the mind" rather 
than the mere retention of a mass of facts. Students who 
have completed the course are usually enthusiastic 
about its value to them. Yet there will always be students 
who find a pre-established series of lectures and read- 
ings not sufficiently suited to their own needs. Such 
students may present an alternate program accounting 
for about the same amount of credit and fulfilling some 
of the same objectives as are sought in The Study of 
World Cultures. If their program meets with the approval 
of the Academic Dean they may proceed with it. Such 
a plan may be substituted for the whole or for a part of 
The Study of World Cultures. 

Entering students are required to demonstrate during 
the freshman year proficiency in English Composition. 
In addition, all freshmen who do not have a medical 
exemption are required to complete two semesters of 
Physical Education. 

Each student will elect a major field in which she must 
meet the requirements established by the department. 
In all other aspects the student is free to choose her 
own courses. 

The Degree of Bachelor of Science 

Newton College also offers the Bachelor of Science 
degree. The requirements are the same as those for 
the Bachelor of Arts degree with a heavier specializa- 
tion in the sciences. 

Academic Policies 

Each candidate for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor 
of Science degree must have one hundred twenty-eight 
credits while maintaining a passing cumulative grade 
point average (2.0). The normal period of time in which 
to earn the degree is four years and a normal program 
of study consists of sixteen semester hour credits a 
semester. The student must fulfill the requirements of 
a major field and must spend her fourth year in academic 
residence. Either the second or third year may be spent 
studying abroad. 

Note: Official academic policies and department require- 
ments may be found in the Academic Catalog. All stu- 
dents are responsible for knowing the academic policies 
of Newton College of the Sacred Heart. 

Thirty-two credits is the maximum to be accepted by 
Newton College for a year of study abroad or at another 
college in the United States. 

Summer study, either in the United States or abroad, 
is allowed and sometimes advised. Courses taken in 
summer school may count as upper-division courses in 
a major field if the student receives the approval of the 
department head and the Office of the Academic Dean. 
Courses not in the student's major field only need the 
approval of the Office of the Academic Dean. Credit 
will be transferred from any accredited college or uni- 
versity for a course in which the student has received 
a grade of C or above, subject to the policy stated 
above. No more than nine credits altogether may be 
transferred from summer sessions, regardless of how 
many sessions the student attends. 



Cross-registration is arranged with colleges in the 
vicinity during the Fall and Spring semesters. Credit will 
be transfered only with the approval of the Office of the 
Academic Dean. 


The grading system beginning with the academic year 

1970-71 is as follows: 

Letter Grade 

Grade Points 

Quality Points 



Grade points 









number of 



semester hours 

No credit 

The semester average is found by dividing the sum of 
the quality points by the number of semester hours 
taken. The cumulative average is the average of the 
semester grade point averages to date. The passing 
cumulative average and the passing semester average 
are both 2.0. 

Many departments of the College offer a program which 
provides the possibility of students taking a course of 
individual study directed by a member of the faculty. 
Under this program an eligible student may undertake 
a research project or a program of reading in a particular 
field. The results of this work normally will be presented 
in a final report or examination. To be eligible for credit 
in such a course a student must present in advance to 
the Office of the Academic Dean a written description 
of the course, the number of credits desired, and the 
name and signature of approval of her instructor. Only 
after she has received the approval of the Dean's Office 

may she undertake such a course. Approval is not given 
for a reading or independent study course in a subject 
matter handled in regular courses. 


Students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes 
may take courses on a Pass/Fail basis up to the number 
of six courses for the three years. This option does not 
apply to The Study of World Cultures or to courses to 
be used for upper-division credit in the major field. The 
decision to take a course Pass/Fail rather than for a 
letter grade must be made at the time of registration or 
during the three-week period for adjusting registration 
given at the beginning of each semester. 


Students are ordinarily not allowed to take more than 
sixteen semester hour credits per semester. Permission 
to take additional credit must be obtained from the Office 
of the Academic Dean and a fee of $50 for each credit 
above the maximum will be charged. 

(Note: Students taking The Study of World Cultures are 
allowed to take seventeen credits without being obli- 
gated to pay for the extra credit.) 


Programs which include a year of study abroad are an 
important part of the curriculum at Newton College of 
the Sacred Heart. A student with a cumulative average 
of 3.0 who wishes to take a year abroad should discuss 
her plans well in advance with the Office of the Academic 
Dean and with one or more professors in her major field. 
Approval will be contingent on the possibility of her 
completing the work successfully. 


Office of Career Counseling 

The Office of Career Counseling offers assistance to 
seniors and alumnae in planning for positions and for 
study on a graduate or professional level. Seniors are 
encouraged to register with the Office of Career 
Counseling. Complete credentials or registrants, includ- 
ing confidential recommendations from faculty members 
and past employers, will remain permanently on file 
and will be forwarded to prospective employers or edu- 
cational institutions upon request. 


Students should register on the registration dates an- 
nounced in the College calendar. Permission of the 
Registrar must be secured for registration on dates 
other than those assigned. No credit will be given for 
any course for which the student is not duly registered 
and which is not officially scheduled. 


Any student who has withdrawn from Newton College 
of the Sacred Heart in good standing may be readmitted 
under the conditions that apply to transfer students. 






Major Fields of Study: An Analysis 

The Major 

The major fields of study offered at Newton College of 
the Sacred Heart are the following: 

American Studies 

Art History 

Comparative Literature 

Liberal Studies 
Modern Languages 

Political Science 
Pre-dental Studies 
Pre-medical Studies 

All major fields look to preparation for graduate study 
but they also offer the student who will not pursue the 
subject matter at a higher level the possibility of gaining 
skills and insights and, at least in some measure, the 
particular qualities of mind which that discipline es- 
pecially imparts. 

Interdisciplinary Majors 

Several of the above mentioned major fields of study are 
interdisciplinary by nature. American Studies affords the 
student the possibility of concentrating her attention 
on the political, social and cultural history of the United 
States as she takes courses dealing with American art, 
government, philosophy, literature, music, economic 
structure, as well as history. Classics combines the study 
of the Latin and Greek languages and literatures with 
that of classical history and art. Comparative Literature 
integrates the knowledge of more than one literature. 
The major in Modern Languages allows the student to 
study in depth two of the five modern tongues taught 
at Newton College— French, German, Italian, Russian 
and Spanish. A major in Pre-medical Studies usually 
involves work in biology, chemistry, physics and math- 
ematics while leaving enough flexibility to allow the 
student to meet the sometimes differing requirements 
of several medical schools. The Liberal Studies major 
allows each selected student to develop her own cur- 
riculum under the guidance of one or more faculty 

'Major offered in conjunction with Boston College. 


Non-Major Fields 

There are also two fields of study— education and music 
—which, though not constituting a major field, offer a 
sequence of courses amounting to some thirty semester 
hours and are open to students of all majors. 


The Education Program meets the certification require- 
ments of Massachusetts, and, of most other states be- 
cause of the reciprocity arrangements among the states 
of the United States. The purpose of the innovative 
program is to bring as much and as varied field experi- 
ence in community education settings as possible within 
the range of the students. Seminars guided by practi- 
tioners in different aspects of elementary and secondary 
school teaching will assist students to relate their experi- 
ences to the body of theory built up by professional 
educationists. Flexibility in structure and responsive- 
ness in planning each student's curriculum characterize 
the program which is available to all students to com- 
plement their major field. The divisions of science and 
modern languages have established special programs 
in collaboration with the faculty of the Education De- 
partment to prepare students for teaching in those fields. 


The music courses offered at Newton College of the 
Sacred Heart are intended to form an important part of 
the liberal arts curriculum and they make use of the 
remarkable musical facilities of the Boston area. 

American Studies 

This program, as its title implies, tries to fulfill a need 
strongly felt by many students: to understand, evaluate, 
participate in and make some contribution to "the Ameri- 
can experience." Is there a typically, recognizably 
American experience? Does it have roots only in present 
crises, or has it grown out of and kept close touch with 
an historically traceable tradition? Clearly, if the ques- 
tion is to move toward an answer, the student must be 
familiar with both present and past; with the ideals and 
hopes of the country's founders; with the contributions 
made to the country's development by successive waves 
of immigration from both hemispheres; with the social 
and economic problems of adjustment that resulted; 
with the political system and the clarification and adapta- 
tions of our Constitution which changing conditions have 
demanded; with the revelation of the American experi- 
ence in the art and literature we have created; with the 
attempts of philosophers and psychologists to identify 
American ways of thinking, of feeling, of reacting to and 
coping with the total American situation. 

Since the enterprise is so large and initially so con- 
fusing, the student must be and is given great freedom 
in shaping her program, so as to allow her to examine 
in more detail the aspects of the subject most congenial 
and useful to her, and yet keep some larger view of the 

It is necessary, then, that almost every department 
in the College cooperate in this program. The matrix is, 
of course, history. Political science courses describe 
and analyze how American politics operates on the local, 
national and— especially but not exclusively in the last 
few decades— the international level. The question of 
civil rights and race relations is presented from several 
angles in several departments. Sociology and psychol-- 
ogy try to explain how the individual and the group 
interact, both creatively and destructively, in the com- 
plex circumstances in which Americans live and work. 


Art and literature courses discuss the products of the 
American imagination. 

The American Studies major is constantly challenged 
to make comparisons, to draw her own conclusions, to 
be constructively critical. In her senior year, she follows 
a coordinating seminar which helps her integrate what 
she has learned. Along the way, she has done part of 
her learning by practical experience, perhaps in urban 
renewal programs, or social and political activites, or 
teaching American Studies on the secondary level. 

Only the student's own earnestness and ingenuity can 
determine the limits of what she draws from so wide- 
ranging and relevant an experience as this department 


Art has its roots in real life; any living and learning situa- 
tion is a proper situation for it. A liberal arts college as 
an intellectual center, can provide background, stimula- 
tion, and conceivably, new directions to art, since there 
is no content of knowledge that is not pertinent to it. 
In the academic community, art has a mission to per- 
form, counteracting the one-sidedness of the educa- 
tional pattern. 

The Art Department seeks to be organically related 
to the College while being primarily interested in de- 
veloping what it considers its singular contribution: to 
involve the total person in humanizing man; to create 
freely, to comment, to be fully visionary and exploratory. 



to enrich and fulfill the entire college program by offer- 
ing an intense and excellent program in visual expres- 
sion and visual communication. 

The department addresses itself to the student artist 
and to the student interested in art. It does not constitute 
a professional art school but it trains students to be com- 
petent in their field and capable of pursuing it 

Students concentrate either in studio art or in art 
history. But studio majors take courses in art history, 
which provide them with continuity and perspective in 
their own work, enriching their imagery and comple- 
menting the creative with the scholarly process, while 
art history majors take studio courses which train them 
visually, and allow them to participate in the experience 
of artists by working their materials and so learning the 
possibilities and limitations of the different media. 

Art history courses range from a general survey and 
surveys of specific periods through consideration of 
film, city planning, and the relationships among phil- 
osophy, psychology and art. Studio courses include 
drawing, painting and three-dimensional design, cera- 
mics, printmaking and weaving; photography and film- 

All courses are given at the Putnam Art Center, where 
art on exhibit and art in process contribute to an environ- 
ment that stimulates creativity. 


The study of the Greek and Roman Classics forms an 
important part of a liberal education. Courses in this 
field serve the needs of students in various major fields, 
especially philosophy and religion. 

A major in Classics is offered in cooperation with the 
Department of Classics at Boston College. Various 
courses are offered at Newton College and a member 
of the Newton College faculty directs the Newton stu- 
dents' programs. The scholarly and artistic resources 
of the Boston area are available to students in this field. 

Comparative Literature 

Comparative Literature is one of the newest courses of 
study offered at Newton College. The major gives the 
student with an interest in, and a flair for, languages 
the opportunity to continue language training and, con- 
currently, to use this training in the study of literature 
on a comparative basis. 

Comparative Literature seeks to intensify our appreci- 
ation of national literary phenomena by viewing them 
as part of a series of international literary movements. 
It is a rigorous discipline since it requires not only in- 
tensive language study, but also a mastery of the princi- 
ples of literary criticism. On the other hand, it is a 
discipline that offers the student a wide range of possi- 
bilities for planning her individual college program. For 
example, a student may wish to concentrate her efforts 
on the study of the romantic period, in which case she 
will take courses in several departments related to 
romanticism: English, the language departments, Histo- 
ry, Philosophy, as well as Comparative Literature. Other 
possible areas of concentration include the Renaissance, 
Latin-English literary relationships, and the modern 

In Comparative Literature courses, majors are asked to 
work in at least two languages (one of which may be 


English). The courses are, however, open to any inter- 
ested student, and non-majors may work entirely in 

In a modern world that increasingly demands that we 
look beyond our national interests and attempt to under- 
stand our role from a wider perspective than in the past. 
Comparative Literature finds its place as a highly ap- 
propriate undergraduate program in a liberal arts college. 
The major also serves as a basis for further study in 
graduate programs in English, languages, or Compara- 
tive Literature. 


The study of Economics, like some of the other social 
sciences, has a new obstacle to overcome these days. 
Economics studies situations so close to everyday life, 
so important, and so potentially dangerous that students 
want to take action on them, not study about them. The 
subject matter of economics seems to have been taken 
straight out of the headlines: unemployment, inflation, 
urban renewal, poverty, rent controls, the cost of com- 
bating air pollution, the population explosion. All these 

matters are related to how scarce resources are allocated 
among alternative uses to satisfy human wants, and 
therefore economics, which is concerned with them, is 
basically concerned with the interaction and coopera- 
tion of individual human persons. As a scholarly disci- 
pline, economics is only two centuries old; but since it 
was founded by Adam Smith in about 1776, the society 
whose problems it tries to analyze have changed as 
much as our country has changed since its founding in 
the same year. Men have enormously increased their 
capacity to provide goods and services, but the proces- 
ses by which they have done so have altered the fabric 
of society. In our complex industrial economy, can man 
master what he has created? 

Newton's Department of Economics operates on the 
assumption that we must understand the nature and 
organization of our society and the arguments under- 
lying great economic issues before we can set about 
making decisions and acting on them, or persuading 
others to do so. Therefore, the curriculum is centered on 
a core of basic economy theory. This theory supplies the 
tools necessary for analyzing and solving problems. 
Students are motivated to question and reflect upon real 
world problems, on how theory can be applied in the 
decision-making process, how it can become opera- 
tional. When what is being considered is so complicated 
and powerful as, for example, the behavior of great bus- 
iness firms and their influence on society, it is clear 


that the student must go in for some hard, careful, logical 
thinking, based on intelligently understood principles, 
before drawing conclusions on which she can con- 
scientiously act. 

Just because economic questions underlie or are 
associated with most of the concerns of the 1970's, every 
student should know the principles of economics. For 
anyone sufficiently convinced of its importance to 
choose it as a major field of study, the department offers 
a well coordinated series of theoretic and applied 
economics, and other related departments, such as 
sociology and political science, enlarge her view of how 
central is her own discipline to the solving of contem- 
porary problems. 


College students of the 1970's will be trying to live in 
a world where old values no longer seem to hold, and 
where every young adult must work out his own way of 
understanding himself and talking to others. Newton's 
English Department tries to help by presenting literature 
in our language as a laboratory in which to learn how to 
think and how to use words; how writers in the past have 
felt about the same basic issues which adults in all ages 
must re-examine; how they have fashioned their own 
value-systems and embodied them, through imagina- 
tion, in literary works which still speak to us and delight 
us in the twentieth century. English majors must there- 
fore know how their language developed and what 
literature is, and must be acquainted in some detail with 
the history of literature in England and America. 

Every entering freshman, whether or not she intends 
to major in English, can choose from among a wide 
variety of courses specially tailored to her needs, and 
offering her the opportunity to read and discuss plays, 
novels, and poems of many periods. These courses 
give equal emphasis to understanding the works read 
and learning how to express clearly, honestly, and if 
possible with grace, the students' own responses to 
these works. In this way, they will come to appreciate 
how constantly recurring human experiences have af- 
fected men and women of exceptional sensitivity, and 
how they have shaped language into a precise and 
powerful tool to communicate to others their awareness 
of the complexity of man's situation in the world. The 
student, in her turn, by trying to shape language to ex- 
press her own awareness, will gradually master the art 
of communicating verbally. 

In more advanced courses, the student can, at her 
leisure, explore the theory of literature, trace the evolu- 
tion of lyrical, narrative, and dramatic modes, and see 
the works of individual authors in the context of the 
social, political, philosophical, and religious forces of 


their time. Courses in imaginative writing, botfi prose 
and verse, give qualified students some apprenticeship 
in the making of literature. 

Because the study of literature is central to a truly 
liberal education, most English courses are open to any 
student in the College who has the appropriate qualifi- 
cations. In general, the Department does not wish to 
confine its service to those specializing in literary 
scholarship and teaching; in any career (including mar- 
riage), understanding, discrimination, and the exact, 
persuasive use of language can be equally valuable. 

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In some form or other, the question of continuity and 
change confronts everyone today; the study of history 
deals with it, perhaps, most directly, demonstrating its 
recurrence in every civilization. What counts in studying 
history is not the accumulation of facts (useful though 
it is to know them), but the acquiring of a habit of mind- 
objective, curious and critical. Tracing the thought, 
achievements and discoveries of man in such a spirit, 
the student finds his own historical period more intelli- 
gible through its likeness and contrast with periods in 
the past. But to achieve this result she must see the 
study of history as a scholarly discipline which, once 
learned, she may herself apply to facts and situations 
not covered in actual course work. No undergraduate 
history department can explore in detail the increasingly 
complex background of every continent and country. 
At Newton, lecture and seminar courses stress major 
developments in European and American history, includ- 
ing the history of Russia and of Latin America. Through 
courses in other departments, notably political science 
and philosophy, students may acquaint themselves with 
the situation and the mentality of Asian nations, with 
their system of government and their relations with the 
United States. 

For students not majoring in history, as well as for 
history majors, courses in several departments treat of 
the social and cultural developments in many countries. 
For all, the program in the Study of World Cultures 
provides a highly organized as well as immensely varied 
picture of the world from the earliest times to the present. 
Interdisciplinary courses, in which the History Depart- 
ment participates, continue to illustrate the interaction 
of country with country, cultural cause with political 
result, and the persistence of types of struggle and ad- 
vance from age to age. 

Those who major in history are solidly grounded in the 
scholarly reading, researching and writing of history. 
All take a core program of two semesters of American 
history, one semester on modern world problems, and 
one semester on the methods of historical scholarship. 
Students planning to do graduate work are urged to 
enrich their historical awareness through courses in the 
other social sciences, as well as in languages and litera- 
ture. Course presentation is varied: basic surveys, 
lecture-discussion and seminar classes, and independ- 
ent study under faculty members on material not rep- 
resented in formal courses. 

The program is frequently revised to fulfill the chang- 
ing needs of a more and more complex and widening 


Liberal Studies 

The Liberal Studies Program, begun in September 1970, 
is Newton's first large scale model for a curriculum which 
will not be discipline-centered and yet will give the 
student a coordinated learning experience, equip her 
with basic skills for thinking along the lines of several 
disciplines, and provide her the opportunity to cooperate 
with faculty advisors in shaping her own undergraduate 
career. Students who are selected to pursue this pro- 
gram must choose some fairly specific problem to be 
solved or movement to be investigated, and suggest how, 
within the resources of Newton's academic offerings, 
they plan to proceed. There is a Coordinator of Liberal 
Studies who must approve this plan, which should be 
neither too narrow nor too vague. Approached with 
intelligent curiosity and open-mindedness, and carried 
out with thoroughness and accuracy, such a plan will 
lead the student into many fields. She will want to know 
what has already been discovered or suggested about 
her problem or movement. She will need to assess 

the answers already given and the kind of reasoning 
which has led to these answers. This need will urge 
her to examine the conditions, social, political, religious, 
philosophical and perhaps economic, which precipitated 
or influenced earlier efforts to deal with the questions 
concerned. It is clear that any superficiality in handling 
the multiple phases of these questions will be unsatis- 
factory to the serious student, who must yet, in the end, 
decide on one phase on which she may focus the results 
of her wide-ranging research. In this program, there- 
fore, the Senior Project is particularly important. It will 
always consist of a somewhat lengthy scholarly paper, 
frequently linked— depending upon the subject— to field 
work. This paper will be the principal evidence of the 
success of the program, and will occupy considerable 
time in the last year of study. 

It is clear that the human development of the student 
is more important than the solution of a problem. For 
this reason, the Coordinator of Liberal Studies will keep 
in touch as closely as possible with the students en- 
gaged in this program, and periodically review how their 
investigations are progressing, so as to assure that the 
learning experience is synthesized, and that there is 
sufficient richness and variety in the experience to make 
it worthy to be synthesized. 

The early years of this new departure in curriculum 
will gradually establish for it a firm though flexible pat- 
tern; student pioneers who opt for it must therefore 
realize that its success and survival depend on their 
working to make it quite visibly succeed. 


The courses offered by the Department of Mathematics 
vary in content, direction and difficulty. Some are de- 
signed primarily for students intending to concentrate 
in mathematics, some for students with other academic 
goals. However, all courses are open to any qualified 


Courses for those not concentrating in mathematics 
present mathematical theory in such a way as to show 
how it relates to the real world and place stress on 
making the concepts meaningful. Here the courses are 
designed so as to create maximum motivation on the 
part of the student. Typical aims are to acquire basic 
concepts needed for work in the physical and behavioral 
sciences and/or some appreciation of what mathematics 

The department's program allows students concentrat- 
ing in the subject to understand and appreciate higher 
mathematics. Emphasis is on the theoretical develop- 
ment of mathematical ideas, and individual courses 
pursue an axiomatic approach to the subject. The first 
two years are devoted to studying basic concepts of 
mathematics, and gaining skill in perceiving relations 
and proving conclusions. This develops the student's 
self-confidence and makes her aware of her mathemati- 
cal maturity. After this, she may choose among a variety 
of courses in areas which are significant to her and in 
which she is encouraged to work creatively. 

Newton graduates who have pursued the program 
have shown themselves prepared to compete in grad- 
uate programs in abstract mathematics, applied mathe- 
matics, and computer science. They have also achieved 
successful professional status in business, industry, 
and government agencies, and taught contemporary 
mathematics in high school. 

The program is so arranged as to assure close rela- 
tionships between students and their instructors, and 
to allow great freedom of choice both within the depart- 
ment and outside it. The result to be confidently ex- 
pected is a combination of high professional competence 
and a balanced education in the Liberal Arts. 

Modern Languages 

Though the world is becoming (or looking) smaller and 
smaller, and English is fast becoming a universal lan- 

guage, it is probably true that never before has it been 
so necessary for Americans to know very well languages 
other than their own. Only through a more than super- 
ficial knowledge of a people's language can one know 
how those people think and feel, what is their culture, 
what they have specially to contribute to our new world. 

In Newton's ModermLanguageDepartment.all of whose 
professors and instructors are foreign born, and have 
taken degrees at European and American universities, 
students from every major, as well as students concen- 
trating in languages, may acquire an indispensable tool 
for understanding the variety and richness of their own 
history, and the ever present sources of misunderstand- 
ing that exist between even friendly countries, and 
develop a sympathy for nations not their own— sympathy 
which is the first step to building peace. 

"Effective communication and cultural understanding" 
are the goals, and the languages studied are French, 
German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Every oppor- 
tunity is offered the student to speak the language 
or languages of her choice with a fluency as nearly as 
possible like that of a native speaker, and to write with 
grammatical correctness. Courses in cultural history 
and literature place at the student's disposal the teacher's 
own familiarity with the customs, traditions, ideals and 
hopes of the people whose language she is learning. 

Besides the regular programs on campus, the depart- 
ment has organized Summer Institutes to be spent at 
specified centres abroad under the supervision of the 
department. Both majors and non-majors can also ar- 
range to spend a year of study abroad in programs set 
up by the department. The college is at present expand- 
ing its interest in this important aspect of post-secondary 

Many different career opportunities are open to those 
who specialize in language, and the department offers 
courses which prepare students for these professional 



The philosophy program at Newton College is designed 
for the young people of today who want to integrate 
their experience as responsible persons in the com- 
munities in which they live. The program is based on 
the conviction that action must be informed with both 
critical reflection and vision if it is to proceed from a 
complete awareness of what it involves. 

This is why we have a wide variety of courses in the 
department: courses such as analytic philosophy and 
symbolic logic should aid the student in developing her 
critical reflection, while others such as philosophy of 
community, philosophy of creativity, values of contem- 
porary man, philosophy in literature, and philosophy of 
religion should help the student broaden her vision and 
formulate a meaningful personal philosophy. 

An awareness of the validity of William James' state- 
ment: "To know the chief rival attitudes towards life, 
as the history of human thinking has developed them, 
and to have heard some of the reasons they can give 
for themselves, ought to be considered an essential 
part of liberal education," has led the department to 
stress the importance of the sequence of courses it 
offers in the history of philosophy. 

The study of philosophy has always been held in honor 
at Newton, and regarded as an indispensable requisite 
for study in any department as well as for the making 
of a thinking adult. Therefore, most courses in the de- 
partment are open to every student. The student plan- 
ning to major in philosophy will work out her own pro- 
gram with the advice of the department. 

Some programs could be orientated specifically 
toward graduate studies whether in philosophy or any 
other field. Other programs could be designed to take 

advantage of the interdisciplinary and integrative role 
of philosophy to increase the student's understanding 
of herself and her relations to others. 

Any philosophy program, no matter what the design, 
should be a liberalizing and humanizing experience in 
a young person's preparation for any career and for life. 


Political Science 

Whether for or against "the system," whether supporting 
or attacking "the establishment," almost every student 
today is politically conscious. Almost every student, 
therefore, during her college career, will take one or 
more courses in political science. The department 
expects to serve all those in the College who are inter- 
ested. Everyone has an obligation to participate in the 
political process and to do so responsibly, but it is impos- 
sible to be responsible without being informed. Political 
science classes at Newton prepare students for the 
practice of politics, but emphasize the not always rec- 
ognized fact that one can practice politics more effec- 
tively if one understands its theory. Moreover, on the con- 
temporary scene, it is increasingly necessary to under- 
stand politics on the international as well as the national 
level. Courses are available in political thought, political 
theory, and political sociology; in international law and 
organizations; in international relations; in American 
and foreign political systems. Approaches to this material 
are as diversified as the material itself. Systems are 
analyzed philosophically. Their development is pre- 
sented historically. The legal aspects of actual situations 
are clarified and defined. Differing political systems 
are compared. Nor is the empirical approach neglected; 
for example, Newton students have on more than one 
occasion taken part with notable success in preparing 
and defending resolutions for college sessions of the 
United Nations. 

Students who choose political science as a major 
have a wide range in their choice of courses. Each one, 
working with the advice of a member of the department, 
plans her own program. It must be sufficiently flexible 
to provide general training in the discipline and more 
specialized training in the fields in which she has a parti- 
cular interest. The program usually includes courses in 
such related fields as economics, sociology and history. 

Although majors will find themselves well prepared to 
enter schools of graduate or professional study in politi- 
cal science, it is possible for non-majors also to equip 
themselves for active work in government service, for 
staff work in political campaigns, for foreign service, 
and— most important of all— for an intelligent contribu- 
tion, as citizens, to decision making in contemporary 
political circumstances. 



The study of psychology, either as a major or as a supple- 
ment to work in other fields of concentration, has a value 
and an attraction for the modern student almost too 
obvious to mention. Concerned as it is with human ex- 
perience and behavior, it has applications in every 
sphere: everyday problems, conflicts and frustrations, 
maladjustment and serious intellectual or emotional 
impairment. It analyzes how people control themselves, 
how they judge others, how they acquire and maintain 
a balanced self-esteem, how they assume positive atti- 
tudes towards others; how they integrate their own per- 
sonalities and carry on satisfying relations; how they 
can effectively learn and teach; how they produce and 
how they sell; how they can work economically and 
relax in their leisure time; how they make their mar- 
riages succeed, and what constitutes a healthy religious 
experience. Out of this vast area of investigation, indi- 
vidual students of psychology have an endless choice 
of specialization. The American Psychological Associ- 
ation lists thirty different areas of interest. Of these, the 
areas usually mentioned are: general, experimental, 
and physiological psychology; child, adolescence, and 
developmental psychology; psychological assessment; 
abnormal and clinical psychology; educational, indus- 
trial and legal psychology; psychology of aesthetics, 
and comparative and social psychology. 

At Newton, the Psychology Department is so set up 
that the student may learn the theoretical foundations 
of modern psychology as well as its applications in the 
life of the individual and of society. She has every op- 
portunity to become well informed on the scope, aims, 
and methods of the subject. Much of her work will be 
done by research and independent study, excellent 
preparation for graduate study or professional careers. 

The department has for some time offered programs 
in cooperation with neighboring hospitals and guidance 
clinics, where the student may improve her own training 

by observing psychology in practice. Recently, inter- 
departmental programs of study have been initiated, and 
at the moment curricular exchange with other colleges 
is being extended. 

The teaching faculty represent varying schools of 
thought in contemporary psychology, and specialize in 
different branches, some stressing the biological aspect, 
some the social; some following a behavioral, some a 
phenomenological approach. This allows the major 
student who plans her whole program carefully to have 
an integrated view of the field and a wide understanding 
of its possibilities. 



At Newton the study of religion is not required. However, 
the number and variety of courses offered leave students 
free to study as much religion as they are interested in. 

In the curriculum as it is at present designed, the de- 
partment has tried to strike a dynamic balance between 
the need for contemporary relevance and the demands 
of scientific scholarship. There are courses on current 
problems and perspectives, as well as those fundamental 
courses on the Bible, belief in God, the significance of 
Jesus Christ and of the Church, Christian ethics, and 
world religions without which no Religion curriculum 
would be adequate or complete, in all these courses, 
the members of the Religion Department are concerned 
that the student learn to raise basic questions, achieve 
some genuine understanding and become familiar with 
the main issues and methods in the field of Religion. 

In all courses, particularly in the advanced courses, 
professors try to communicate to students the methods 
and approaches which they use themselves and to 
initiate students into an active pursuit of their own 
projects and research. In the Senior Honors Seminar 
students collaborate with all the professors in the de- 
partment in the study and discussion of certain crucial 
issues. But at all levels and in all courses the professors 
in the department treat the study of religion as a vital 
interchange between them and their students. 

At Newton College, therefore, a student can pursue 
the study of religion either as a major leading to graduate 
studies or a well-rounded terminal degree or else as a 
minor or occasional elective to complement other, more 
technical disciplines. Either way, she will find Religion 
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Everyone in the last quarter of the twentieth century 
must be something of a scientist. The question is: wheth- 
to be a specialist or an educated amateur. Newton pre- 
pares specialists in biology, chemistry and physics and 
offers a pre-medical program, but is very much concerned 
with making every one of its students scientifically 

For neither specialist nor amateur is science at Newton 
allowed to become an isolated experience. Both must 
be aware of the responsibilities and challenges of science 
in the world of today and of the future. An interdiscipli- 
nary course for the non-major stresses the problems 
science and technology can both create and help solve 
for society. As active citizens in their own communities, 
as professional women, as wives and mothers, all students 
will soon have to face and vote on such issues as popj- 
ulation control, child rearing, drug use and abuse, pol- 
lution, violent behavior, and poverty. Rhetoric and emo- 
tion are no substitute for scientific knowledge in these 

matters. The Newton Science Department hopes that 
every student will seize the opportunity to learn basic 
scientific concepts and apply them to a research prob- 
lem in nearby communities; to collect and evaluate data 
for discussion. The campus has a new science pavilion, 
quite large enough to provide laboratory space for any- 
one who wishes to become intelligently acquainted with 
the facts rather than the legends of modern science. 

In each of the specialized majors, emphasis is placed 
on the nature of scientific inquiry. Classes are small, 
innovative, and well supervised. In each field, electives 
are offered as well as the usual foundation courses. Bio- 
logy majors may study biochemistry, physiology, cel- 
lular biology, endrocrinology, genetics, advanced histol- 
ogy, and experimental biology. Not only does the chem- 
istry major learn physical, inorganic and organic chem- 
istry, but she may add radio-chemistry, analytic chem- 
istry, and advanced subjects. Advanced courses in 
physics are usually taken through cross-registration with 
Boston College. Newton itself provides courses in optics, 
electricity and mechanics as well as the basic courses. 

There is also a program in science education, in 
which students are taught modern methods and mate- 
rial and trained to analyze them. 

A pre-medical advisory committee provides counsel 
to students on fulfilling requirements for medical school. 

All majors will find themselves ready to go on to grad- 
uate work if they wish. Non-majors have only themselves 
to blame if they leave college without an adequate stock 
of scientific information and laboratory experience. 



Most of the issues which affect modern students, rouse 
their idealism, and stimulate the unselfish use of their 
talents, spring from the relationships within and between 
groups; in other words, they are social problems. Young 
people who wish to take intelligent action on these is- 
sues need to know the principles underlying them. The 
teaching of sociology at Newton is based on the convic- 
tion that an analysis of problems must precede any at- 
tempt to solve them. The young are understandably im- 
patient to set about curing the world's social ills; it is less 
exciting to learn the methods of sociological research, 

to be aware of the findings of earlier research, to know 
the fundamental theories so far elaborated to explain 
how groups, both large and small, function. Nevertheless, 
serious students will recognize that it is necessary to ex- 
amine group behavior before trying to affect it. 

Students who do not intend to specialize in sociology 
will find among departments offering courses which re- 
late social theory with their own field. Some will even 
have an incomplete knowledge of their own subject 
unless that knowledge is supplemented by some study 
of sociology. Students of economics, political science, 
psychology and history will turn to sociological theory 
to discover the explanation and application of facts and 
principles with which they are moredirectly concerned. 

Majors in sociology must first become familiar with 
sociological concepts and with the structure and function 
of various groups. They are given at the start a large, 
general view of issues which they will, in later courses, 
study in greater detail: the population problem, for ex- 
ample, and the mass communication media. These more 
advanced courses are sufficiently varied to permit the 
student to choose those best related to her special in- 
terests. She may wish to stress the development of soci- 
ological tradition, or to analyze issues of very wide scope, 
or to concentrate on smaller relational units or processes. 
Whatever her choice, she must not isolate her study 
from the larger human context within which social re- 
lations operate. She is encouraged therefore, to elect 
courses in such departments as history, economics, 
politics and psychology, and to undertake directed in- 
dividual research. 

The department does not try to provide training for 
specific occupations. However, the material with which 
it deals is useful for those who may wish to work for wel- 
fare agencies, urban renewal, industrial and human re- 
lations, orcarryonvolunteer or professional activity in the 
attempt to cure the social ills of our country and the world. 



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Admission And Finances 

Admission Standards 

To derive the full benefits of a liberal arts education and 
a living environment which demands initiative and self- 
discipline to be enjoyed, the applicant to Newton College 
should have several distinctive attributes. 

First, in most cases her secondary school academic 
record will be well above average. The Committee on 
Admissions recognizes that some women have greater 
intellectual potential than their academic records indi- 
cate, but seeks evidence of this potential in the young 
women's activities, interests oraccomplishments. 

Second, the Committee seeks women who are cap- 
able of contributing to others in the demanding and re- 
warding community life of the College. Whether this 
potential contribution lies in artistic creativity, unusual 
experience, leadership, moral example, or personality, 
it is always characterized by an obvious interest in and 
compassion for others. 

Third, the Committee seeks evidence of emotional and 
social maturity. Newton students are expected to decide 
many important issues for themselves while at the Col- 
lege, and the experience is unsuitable for women who do 
not seek adult responsibilities. 

Applications are welcome from any young women who 
feels attracted to the education and life styles described 
in these pages. Although admissions standards are real, 
they are not intended to exclude women who are highly 
motivated to participate in our community life. 

The College actively seeks applicants from all races, 
nationalities, creeds and geographical locations, and at- 
tempts to find sufficient financial resources to enable all 
women who have been admitted to attend, if their parents 
resources would not otherwise permit them to do so. 

All correspondence regarding admission to Newton 
College should be addressed to: Director of Admissions, 
Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Newton, Massa- 
chusetts. 02159. 


General Requirements for Freshman Applicants 

To be considered for the freshman class students should 
plan to complete sixteen secondary school units in col- 
lege preparatory studies. These studies should include 
English, mathematics, social studies, physical sciences 
and foreign languages. 


Application forms may be secured from the Office of 
Admissions. A fee of $1 5 must accompany the application 
and all applications must be submitted by February 15 
of the applicant's senior year in high school. 

Secondary School Transcript and Recommendation 

After the Office of Admissions has received an applica- 
tion, a candidate should have her secondary school send 
the Office of Admissions a transcript of her credits and a 
recommendation (from the Principal or Guidance Coun- 


A visit to our campus and a personal interview by an Ad- 
missions Officer is desirable. If this is not possible due 
to geographical location, upon request from the candi- 
date the Director of Admissions will have an alumna or 
another representative of the College contact the can- 
didate for a personal interview. 

Visiting the Campus 

Newton welcomes visitors to the College. The admin- 
istrative offices in Stuart House are open Monday through 
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment 
on Saturday mornings. In order to arrange an appoint- 
ment for an interview with an Admissions Officer, please 
call the Office of Admissions for a mutually convenient 
time. Rooms are available on campus for an overnight 
visit if a prospective student should be interested in 
staying in a dormitory and attending some classes. Please 
contact the Office of Admissions to make arrangements 
for rooms. 

College Entrance Examination Board Tests 

All candidates for admission are required to take the Col- 
lege Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Test and 
three Achievement Tests, one of which must be English 
Composition. The SAT's should be taken no later than 
January of the senior year while the Achievement Tests 
should be completed by March of that year. The dates 
on which an applicant plans to take the tests should be 
indicated on the application form. The candidate is re- 
sponsible for requesting that her scores be forwarded 
to Newton College by the Educational Testing Service. 
The applicant may obtain the registration form and the 
dates of the tests from her Guidance Counselor or by 
writing directly to the College Entrance Examination 
Board, Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; or in the 
western United States, western Canada, Australia, Mex- 
ico, Pacific Islands, to College Entrance Examination 
Board, Box 1025, Berkeley, California 94701. 

Early Decision Plan 

The Early Decision Plan is an alternative to the regular 
admissions procedure. It is available to those students 
who decide early that Newton College is the college 
which they wish to attend and who before December 1 
agree not to apply elsewhere. A candidate must file 
an application for admission, a statement obtained from 
the College that she is a candidate under the Early Deci- 
sion Plan, and submit to the Admissions Office all sup- 
porting credentials by November 1. A personal inter- 
viewon campus and a financial aid application, if needed, 
must be completed also by November 1. 

Decisions concerning admission and financial aid will 
be mailed on December 1. A student accepted under 
the Early Decision Plan is required to make a non-refund- 
able deposit of $200 by January 15. 




Rolling Admissions 

A candidate who uses the regular plan of adnnission must 
file an application by February 15 of her senior year. The 
Committee on Admissions reviews a candidate's creden- 
tials at least twice before a decision is made. Beginning 
February 1, the Committee sends letters of acceptance 
to those candidates who have completed their creden- 
tials and who have been awarded final acceptance by the 
Committee. A candidate must notify the Office of Admis- 
sions of her decision by May 1. 

Advanced Placement 

Advanced standing and credit is given to students who 
receive scores of not less than 3 in the Advanced Place- 
ment Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board 
and after their papers have been reviewed by the ap- 
propiate department. Incoming freshman should write 
to the Office of the Academic Dean to arrange for a re- 
view before entering Newton College in September. 

Foreign Students 

The entrance requirements for foreign students are sub- 
stantially the same as for applicants who are United 
States citizens. In the case of non-English speaking ap- 
plicants, the Test of English as a Foreign Language is 
required in addition to the CEEB tests. If a student can- 
not obtain the registration forms and the dates of the 
CEEB tests at her secondary school, she should write 
directly to the College Entrance Examination Board. It 
is expected that every applicant will be responsible for 
making the correct visa arrangements for attending 
school in the United States. If visa information is needed, 
the Office of Admissions is more than willing to be 
of help. 


Transfer Students 

Newton College accepts sophomore and junior transfer 
students. Their records must satisfy the entrance re- 
quirements of the College and their college courses and 
grades should satisfy substantially the requirements im- 
posed by our curriculum. Credit for courses completed 
at another college is granted early in the first year of en- 
rollment. Transferstudents'applications must be received 
by May 1. Applicants will be considered after the follow- 
ing credentials have been received: complete transcript 
of secondary record, official transcript of college record, 
and letterof clearanceand recommendation from the Aca- 
demic Dean or the Dean of Students of the institution 
previously attended. Liberal arts subjects in which the 
applicant has received a grade of C or better will usually 
be accepted for transfer cresit but always credits must 
be reviewed with the Office of the Academic Dean. In 
order to obtain a Newton College degree, a transfer stu- 
dent must take 50% of her credits at Newton. 

Registered Nurses 

Registered nurses who transfer to Newton College from 
a university-affiliated nursing school are considered in 
the same category as other transfer students. The can- 
didate's liberal arts courses (i.e. Anatomy, Biology, Chem- 
istry, etc.) in which she obtained a grade of C or better 
will be accepted for credit. Nurses who have graduated 
from a hospital non-degree-granting nursing school may 
obtain credit by examination for all courses for which 
they pass examinations at Newton College. 

The costs to the student for a year at Newton College 
are explained below. 

Tuition, Room and Board 


For the 1970-1971 academic year tuition will be $950 
per semester. This charge includes the Student Activity 
Fee and the Student Health Insurance fee. 


The room and board charge for the 1970-1971 academic 

year will be $650 per semester. 


An additional tuition fee of $50 is charged for each 
semester hour above the normal schedule of sixteen 
hours. This additional tuition fee does not apply to the 
classes graduating in 1971 or 1972. 

Part-time students may enroll for a maximum of eight 
semester hours. The tuition fee for such students will 
be $50 per semester hour. 


Tuition for the academic year 

Room and board for the academic year 




Other Fees 


A fee of $15 is charged for initial application to the 

College. This is non-refundable. 

There is a $10 charge for registering after Registration 
Day or for dropping or adding a course after the deadline. 

There is a $10 penalty charge for paying the Reserva- 
tion Deposit after the deadline. 


$25 per year, applicable to all resident students having 

automobiles on campus. 

$15 per year, applicable to all commuting students 
having automobiles on campus. 

Reservation Deposit 


A candidate for admission is charged a fee of $15 for 
initial application. Upon notification that she has been 
admitted to Newton College, the candidate must return 
with her acceptance a Reservation Deposit of $200 
which will be credited in full to her tuition bill for the 
first semester. The Reservation Deposit is non- 
refundable after the due date except to a student whose 
academic record at the end of her senior year in high 
school proves unsatisfactory. 

Students currently enrolled at the College who wish to 
reserve a place for the next academic year must submit 
a $200 Reservation Deposit by April 15. This deposit, 
which is credited in full to her tuition bill for the next 
semester, is non-refundable after the due date except 
to a student whose academic record is unsatisfactory. 



Student Health Insurance 

The College's Student Health Insurance covers limited 
medical and hospital expenses not included in the 
normal services of the Newton College Health Service. 


The plan provides reimbursement for all medical ex- 
penses up to $1,000 which may result from accidents, 
and 75% of expenses in excess of $1,000 up to $1,500. 


In case of sickness, the policy provides reimbursement 
for medical treatment up to $500, except that no benefit 
is payable for the first physician's visit if the student is 
not confined to a hospital. (The infirmary operated by 
Newton Col lege of the Sacred Heart, Spellman Infirmary, 
is not a hospital.) For expenses above $500, the policy 
covers 75% of incurred medical expenses up to $2,000. 
These benefits are in addition to any benefits the 
student may receive under a personal policy or member- 

ship in a hospital association. As students are normally 
covered by family insurance plans, the Student Health 
Insurance provided by Newton College is designed to 
supplement such paid policies and is not intended to be 
a comprehensive policy. Coverage is on an annual basis. 

Schedule of Payments 

Early Decision Applicants 
Entering Freshmen 
Currently Enrolled Students 



by January 15 
by May 1 
by April 15 

by September 1 
by January 15 
Payable When Billed 

Note: All College fees are subject to change at any time at the discretion 
of the College. 


Plans of Payment 

Many Newton College families have, in recent years, 
elected to meet college expenses from current income 
through tuition payment plans which are available. Three 
such plans are endorsed by Newton College and further 
information may be obtained by writing directly to the 
addresses listed below. 

a) Education Funds Inc. 
Howard Building— Box 4 
Providence, Rhode Island 02903 

b) The National Shawmut Bank 
Tuition Aid Program 

542 Commonwealth Avenue 
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 

c) The Tuition Plan 

Newton College of the Sacred Heart 
Newton, Massachusetts 02159 

Refund Policy 

The tuition fee is not refundable except to a student 
whose credentials are unsatisfactory. The room and 
board fee may be returned on a pro-rata basis. 

Financial Aid 

The program for financial aid offered by Newton College 
of the Sacred Heart is intended to provide educational 
opportunities for qualified students who could not other- 
wise afford to pay their full college expenses. Financial 
aid awards vary in amount according to individual need 
and are renewable yearly if the recipient maintains the 
established standards as a student and as a member of 
the College community. Continuing need must also 
be demonstrated. 

Each applicant for admission who desires financial aid 
must complete and file the following forms prior to the 
dates indicated: 

1. Newton College of the Sacred Heart Application 
for Financial Aid 

This form should be requested from the Admissions 
Office with the request for an application for admission. 
It must be returned to the Office of Financial Aid with a 
$5 fee by November 1 for Early Decision applicants, 
and by January 15 for April Decision applicants. 

2. Parents' Confidential Statement 

This form is available in the secondary schools or may 
be obtained by writing to the College Scholarship Serv- 
ice, Box 176, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 (Eastern 
Division); Box 881, Evanston, Illinois 60204 (Middle 
States Division); or Box 1025, Berkeley, California 94701 
(West and Southwest Division). This statement should 
be filed with the College Scholarship Service by October 
1 for Early Decision applicants, and by December 15 
for April Decision applicants. The Service will then 
forward a copy for confidential use to the college or 
colleges indicated on the form. In every case, financial 
need is determined by this statement. 


The following forms of scholarship assistance are of- 
fered by Newton College of the Sacred Heart: 

1. Scholarship for Early Decision Applicants 
Scholarships are awarded each year to exceptionally 
well-qualified Early Decision applicants who have dem- 
onstrated financial need. Application for such aid must 
be filed with Newton College by November 1 of the 
applicant's senior year in high school. The Parents' Con- 
fidential Statement must be filed with the College 
Scholarship Service by October 1. This scholarship 
award must be accepted or refused by January 15. 

2. Scholarships for April Decision Applicants 
Scholarships are awarded each year to exceptionally 
well-qualified >Apr/7 Decision applicants who have dem- 
onstrated financial need. Application for such aid must 


be filed with Newton College by January 15 of the ap- 
licant's senior year in high school. The Parents' Con- 
fidential Statement must be filed with the College 
Scholarship Service by December 15. This scholarship 
award must be accepted or refused by May 1. 

3. Scholarstiips for Upperclassmen 
Scholarships are awarded each year to resident and 
commuting upperclassmen who need financial assist- 
ance and who have demonstrated scholastic ability 
during their freshman year at Newton College. Applica- 
tion for such aid must be filed by March 15 of the 
student's freshman year. Prior to this date, the Parents' 
Confidential Statement form, which may be obtained 
from the Financial Aid Office, must be returned with the 
student's application for scholarship to the Financial 
Aid Counselor. 

The aforesaid scholarships are made possible, either 
in whole or in part, by the following scholarship 

The Newton College of the Sacred Heart Alumnae 


The Reverend Mother Gertrude Bodkin Memorial 


The Barbara L. Burns Memorial Scholarship 

The Mary Corbett Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship 

The Gael Coakley Memorial Scholarship 

The Maureen M. Cronin Memorial Scholarship 

The John R. Gilman Memorial Scholarship 

The Gail Hibschman Memorial Scholarship 

The Mother Eleanor S. Kenny Memorial Scholarship 

The Martin Luther King Memorial Scholarhips 

The Cornelius C. Moore Scholarship 

The Janet Stuart Guild Scholarship 

The Michael E. Sweeney Scholarship 


In honor of Sister Gabrielle Husson, the second Presi- 
dent of Newton College of the Sacred Heart, a grant is 
made annually to a member of the graduating class to 
help launch or sustain a project for fulfilling some con- 
temporary human need. The student to whom the award 
is made must be personally involved in and committed 
to this project in some way. 


Newton College sponsors a student employment pro- 
gram by which students who need financial aid can 
receive some assistance by working for the College. 
Correspondence regarding this part-time work should 
be addressed to the Financial Aid Counselor. Applica- 
tions for student employment must be made by June 1 
for the following year's assignments. 


Newton College of the Sacred Heart cooperates with 
the various States in their guaranteed loan programs 
and with the United Student Aid Funds, Inc. Informa- 
tion regarding the terms and conditions of these loans 
may be secured from the Financial Aid Counselor or 
from the higher education division of the State in which 
the applicant resides. 


Newton College participates in programs of financial aid 
offered through the United States Office of Education. 
These programs are the National Defense Student Loan 
Program, the College Work-Study Program, and the 
Educational Opportunity Grant Program. Detailed de- 
scriptions of these programs are available from the 
Financial Aid Counselor. 


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Academic Policies / 19 
Accreditations / 18 
Admission Standards / 39 
Advanced Placement / 41 
American Studies / 24 
Application / 40 
Application Requirements / 40 
Art / 24 
Athletic Association / 7 

Bachelor of Arts Degree / 18 
Bachelor of Science Degree / 19 
Barat House / 10 
Black Students' Association / 7 

Campus / 9 

Campus Visits / 40 

Classics / 26 

College Entrance Examination 

Board Tests / 40 
Comparative Literature / 26 
Correspondence / IBC 
Course Load / 20 
Credit for Outside Work / 17 
Cross-Registration / 20 
Curriculum / 18 

Dormitories / 9 
Drama Club / 7 

Early Decision Plan / 40 
Economics / 27 
Education Program / 24 
885 / 7 
English / 28 
Experimental College / 8 

Federal Programs / 46 
Fees / 43 
Fellowships / 46 
Financial Aid / 45 
Fine Arts Week / 7 
Foreign Students / 41 
French Club / 7 

Glee Club / 7 
Grading System / 20 

History / 29 

Independent Study / 20 
Interdisciplinary Majors / 23 
Interest Committee / 7 
Interview / 40 
Introduction / 3 

Liberal Studies / 30 
Living Environment / 9 
Loans / 46 
Location / IBC 

Major Studies / 23 

Mathematics / 30 

Medical and Counseling Services / 10 

Modern Languages / 31 

Music Program / 24 

National Student Association / 8 
Newtones / 7 
Non-Major Fields / 24 

Office of Career Counseling / 21 

Pass/Fail Courses / 20 
Philosophy / 32 
Plans of Payment / 45 

Political Science / 33 
Presidential Committees / 6 
Psychology / 34 
Psychology Club / 7 
Putnam Art Center / 10 

Reading Courses / 20 
Readmission / 21 
Refund Policy / 45 
Registered Nurses / 42 
Registration / 21 
Religion / 13, 35 
Reservation Deposit / 43 
Rolling Admissions / 41 
Room and Board / 42 

Schedule of Payments / 44 

Scholarships / 45 

Science / 36 

Social Committee / 7 

Social Life / 15 

Sociology / 37 

Student Employment / 46 

Student Governance / 5 

Student Health Insurance / 44 

Student Organizations / 7 

Student Senate / 6 

Study Abroad / 20 

Transfer Students / 42 
Tuition / 42 

Visitors / IBC 

Volunteer Service Organization / 7 

The Well / 7 

Women at Newton / 5 



The city of Newton, Massachusetts is located seven 
miles west of downtown Boston, forty-six nniles south of 
New Hampshire, forty miles north of Providence, and 
two hundred ten miles northeast of New York City. 

Principal routes serving the city are the Massachusetts 
Turnpike (whose extension connects Route 128 with 
the Northeast and Southeast Expressways), Route 128, 
Route 9, Interstate 40 and Interstate 95. 

The city is served by the Massachusetts Bay Transpor- 
tation Authority (MBTA subway), the Middlesex and 
Boston Street Railway (bus), the main line of the Boston 
and Albany Railroad, and by over two dozen major air- 
lines and railways. Boston's Logan Airport and port 
facilities are within ten miles of the College. 


Newton College of the Sacred Heart welcomes visitors 
to the campus. The administrative offices are open 
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by 
appointment on Saturdays during term time. Special 
arrangements for greeting prospective students can be 
made during holiday and vacation periods. Secondary 
school students and their parents who wish an inter- 
view with a member of the Admissions Office are en- 
couraged to arrange a mutually convenient appoint- 
ment well in advance of their trip to the campus. 


The post office address is Newton College of the Sacred 
Heart, Newton, Massachusetts 02159. Inquiries should 
be addressed as follows: 

General interests of the College 

Academic policies and programs 

College policy for students; residence halls 

Admission of Students 

Financial Aid and Fellowships 

College fees and payment dates 

Transcripts and permanent records 

Employment of graduates 

Gifts and bequests 


Alumnae Interests 


Newton College of the Sacred Heart 

Newton, Massachusetts 02159